The island of La Gomera is considered the hidden gem of the Canary Islands and it boasts national parks and valleys and beaches.
La Gomera is known for being the most rural, authentic and visual of the Canary Islands. Flights run from the UK to Tenerife where visitors can then take a 50-minute ferry ride or a 30-minute connecting flight to La Gomera.
Nature lovers can discover Garajonay National Park where they can explore Europe’s largest laurel forest. Garajonay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
They can also visit El Cedro, a forest of tangled trees and green scenery which takes you to El Chorro de El Cedro, the island’s highest waterfall.
You can also pack your hiking gear and walk to Alto de Garajonay, the highest point of La Gomera with an altitude of 1,487 m. It’s high enough to see the other Canary Islands in the distance.
Valle Gran Rey, the picturesque village in the western part of La Gomera, is a must-see. Some of the most beautiful beaches can be visited nearby, such as Playa de Vueltas. This small yet charming black sand beach with calm waters is perfect for a beach day with the family.
While you’re there, visit Mirador del Palmarejo to see the valley’s imposing rock walls, pastel-coloured houses and terraced hillsides, or as the locals call it, “the walls of La Gomera.”
The terraces reflect the island’s rich history as they were made by ancient inhabitants for agricultural purposes. Today, these features contribute to La Gomera as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Another must-visit is the old town centre of Vallehermoso where you can buy local products from the town’s orchards. Up to the north and a short boat trip away is Los Organos, a towering formation made from cooled volcanic magma and years of sea erosion. This unique monument created by nature is one of the island’s major landmarks.
You can paraglide your way through the mountains or take a guided tour.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, the island has a large network of walking trails so you can discover its natural wonders at your own pace.
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